Less Government, Lower Taxes and More Freedom – 2014 Legislative Sessionb Day 23

In the Government Operations and Elections Committee today, we’re hearing three bills and may take Executive Action on four bills. House Bill 2552 requires paid signature gatherers and signature gathering businesses that use paid signature gatherers to register with the Secretary of State and requires the declarations on petitions for recall elections, referenda, and initiatives be signed by the signature gatherer.

House Bill 2617 authorizes the Department of Labor and Industries (L&I), Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), and Health Care Authority (HCA) to purchase certain spoken language interpreter services; requires the DSHS, the HCA, the L&I, and the Department of Enterprise Services (DES) to purchase certain spoken language interpreter services directly from language access providers through scheduling and coordinating delivery organizations; requires the DES to develop and implement a model that all state agencies must use to procure spoken language interpreter services by direct purchase from language access providers or through contracts with scheduling and coordinating entities, or both; establishes the Spoken Language Interpreter Advisory Group; and makes modifications to collective bargaining statutes governing language access providers, including the establishment of three statewide units in place of the current single statewide unit.

House Bill 2743 requires agencies to prepare a written record of the basis of the decision and "comprehensive impact assessment" when contracting out to purchase services that were formerly provided by public employees; requires agencies to file with the Department of Enterprise Services (DES) the written basis of decision and reports on contractor’s performance; specifies inclusion of a number of contract terms in agreements to contract out; requires the DES to develop model terms for performance-based contracts, including a term to facilitate recovery of public employee staff time spent bringing a contract into compliance; mandates debarment of contractors under certain circumstances; makes changes to existing law requiring the DES to identify services that can be contracted out at reduced cost, authorizing this only when taxpayers will save 10 percent or more; amends a provision governing contractor ethics to provide that a contractor may not use public resources for private benefit or gain; and requires the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission to review the performance of certain contracts in which public sector employee services have been outsourced.

The four bills that may receive Executive Action are House Bills 2192, 2293, 2578, and 2376.

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